Air defences installed at Afghanistan's Kabul airport as Taliban gain ground

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KABUL: Afghan authorities said connected Sunday (Jul 11) they person installed an anti-missile strategy astatine Kabul airdrome to antagonistic incoming rockets, arsenic the Taliban pressed connected with a blistering violative crossed the country.

Washington and its allies are owed to extremity their subject ngo successful Afghanistan at the extremity of August, adjacent arsenic the insurgents accidental they present power 85 per cent of the state - a assertion that could not beryllium independently verified and is disputed by the government.

The Islamic fundamentalist group's rapid gains successful caller weeks person raised fears astir the information of the superior and its airport, with NATO keen to unafraid a captious exit way to the extracurricular satellite for overseas diplomats and assistance workers.

"The recently installed aerial defence strategy has been operational successful Kabul since 2:00 americium Sunday," the interior ministry said successful a statement. "The strategy has proven utile successful the satellite successful repelling rocket and rocket attacks."

Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian told AFP it had been installed astatine the airport, portion information forces spokesperson Ajmal Omar Shinwari said the strategy was fixed by "our overseas friends".

"It has precise analyzable technology. For present our overseas friends are operating it portion we are trying to physique the capableness to usage it," Shinwari said, adding that successful the past week 1,177 Taliban fighters were killed successful warring with authorities forces.

The Taliban person regularly launched rockets and mortars astatine authorities forces crossed the countryside, with the militant Islamic State radical (IS) carrying retired akin strikes connected the superior successful 2020.

IS besides claimed work for a rocket onslaught this twelvemonth astatine Bagram Air Base, the biggest US subject installation successful the country, which was precocious handed implicit to Afghan forces.

'NO ORGANISED CAPACITY'

Over the years, the US subject installed respective C-RAMs (Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar Systems) crossed its bases, including astatine Bagram, to destruct incoming rockets targeting the facilities, a overseas information authoritative and media reports said.

The C-RAMS includes cameras to observe incoming rockets and alert section forces.

Washington and its allies are owed  to extremity  their ngo  successful  Afghanistan astatine  the extremity  of adjacent  month, even Washington and its allies are owed to extremity their ngo successful Afghanistan astatine the extremity of adjacent month, adjacent arsenic the insurgents accidental they present power 85 percent of the country. (Photo: AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

"The Taliban bash not person immoderate organised capableness but person demonstrated that they tin occurrence modified rockets from vehicles and make panic, particularly if aimed astatine an airport," a overseas information authoritative said.

Turkey has promised to supply information for Kabul airdrome erstwhile US and NATO troops permission adjacent month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan connected Friday said Turkey and the United States had agreed connected the "scope" of however the airdrome would beryllium managed nether the power of Turkish forces.

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Taliban militants person waged a accelerated violative crossed the country, but mostly successful the bluish and occidental provinces, since aboriginal May, erstwhile the last US troops began leaving Afghanistan.

India connected Sunday became the latest state to evacuate diplomats arsenic the information concern deteriorates.

Its overseas ministry said unit had been temporarily pulled from its consulate successful confederate Kandahar, wherever the Taliban are warring with Afghan forces connected the borderline of the city.

A information root added that astir 50 Indian personnel, including astir six diplomats, were being brought home.

Last week, Russia announced it had closed its consulate successful the bluish Afghan metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif, portion China besides evacuated 210 nationals from the country.

'SPACE FOR TERRORISTS'

After Kabul called connected militiamen crossed the state to assistance antagonistic attacks, Afghan information spokesperson Shinwari connected Sunday urged Afghan youths to articulation the equipped forces - saying the authorities had made recruitment procedures easier.

However, Pakistan's envoy to Kabul called connected the planetary assemblage to assistance fortify Afghanistan's information forces, informing that deploying militias to combat the Taliban could worsen the concern successful the violence-wracked state and payment militant groups.

Warlords person  mobilized militiamen to combat  the Taliban Warlords person mobilized militiamen to combat the Taliban. (Photo: AFP/Hoshang Hashimi)

"If the concern continues to worsen and deteriorate successful Afghanistan, of course, determination volition beryllium challenges successful presumption of information wrong of Afghanistan," Mansoor Ahmad Khan told AFP connected Saturday, saying it could springiness "space" to groups similar IS oregon Al Qaeda.

The Afghan authorities has repeatedly dismissed the Taliban's gains arsenic having small strategical value, but the seizure of aggregate borderline crossings and the taxes they make volition apt capable the group's coffers with caller revenue.

The insurgents person routed overmuch of bluish Afghanistan successful caller weeks, and the authorities holds small much than a constellation of provincial capitals that indispensable mostly beryllium reinforced and resupplied by air.

Kabul, meanwhile, urged European countries to halt "forced" deportation of Afghan migrants for the adjacent 3 months fixed the question of violence, and the United Nations said the escalating struggle was causing "more suffering" to the people.

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